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The Week UnpeeledMedia Navel Gaze

Neck braces.  The likely new swag from exchanges last week, where investors saw prices swing by as much as 10,000 points over the last five days (“Market Reels”), amid expectations for more volatility ahead. Despite the wild ride, markets were pretty quiet on Friday and actually ended slightly higher on the week with the Dow gaining 1.1 percent to close 16,643. Chances for the Fed to raise rates soon were likely less likely now.

Elsewhere:

  • The Carly Fiorina team charged back at Andrew Ross Sorkin in a full-page letter last week in The New York Times, after his column called her business record “not so sterling”; the golden gloves are off;
  • Trump continued to bully his way around the campaign trail but remained a frontrunner for the Republicans as Hillary Clinton continued to lose favor and lost big in sentiment polls on trustworthiness;
  • A TV reporter and cameraman were killed live on TV by a former employee, a horrific story that raised the heat on the gun-control debate while Walmart in an unrelated move stopped the sale of some high-powered rifles in the US;
  • New Orleans and the media world marked the 10-year anniversary of Katrina amid apparent careful coverage positioning by NBC following the “misremembering” of Brian Williams of his then on-the-ground reporting; and
  • The head of Ashley Madison resigned or as several headlines put it: “put to bed.”

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Media Navel GazeThe Week Unpeeled

Black Friday was more shades of grey really with early-bird specials taking the usual punch out of post-Thanksgiving mall mayhem and big retailers now seeing more and more of their customers shop online (about 40 percent).  Still, some reports showed that overall online sales were down 5 percent so far this season.  Cyber Monday (that seems quaint now, right?) awaits.

Elsewhere:

  • November proved to be an extremely strong month for stocks where records were anything but rare and the Dow ended the month up 2.5 percent to close at 17,828 (Walmart, by the way, led the charge, up 3 percent on Friday);
  • The US economy grew at its fastest pace in more than a decade, with GDP in the third quarter rising 3.9 percent, suggesting perhaps that the indicators are catching up to the stock market at last;
  • A Ferguson jury did not charge a Missouri policeman in the killing of a teen, sparking protests in cities around America and front-page and editorial coverage throughout the week;
  • US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel resigned, apparently amid misaligned views on strikes against ISIS; and
  • Snooki wed. End of Story
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With Thanksgiving just around the corner, many of us are wrapping up our shortened work weeks, getting travel plans in order and finalizing dinner menus. Retailers on the other hand are ramping up for one of the biggest shopping weekends of the year. Black Friday has long been known as one of the busiest and most profitable days of the year and it’s been common for stores to open in the early morning hours to capitalize on the anticipated crowds.

In recent years, however, Black Friday has slowly encroached on the Thanksgiving holiday itself and this year a number of retailers, including Macy’s, Target, Walmart, Toys ‘R’ Us and RadioShack, are boasting store openings as early as 6:00pm on Thursday. While shopaholics will rejoice, the unfortunate reality is that thousands of retail employees across the country will have to cut their holiday short. This has prompted widespread backlash, including a number of petitions from consumers who believe retailers have lost sight of the holiday’s meaning and are instead being driven by greed.

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Noteworthy events for the month ahead . . .

how-should-you-celebrate-mother-s-day-may-8-2012-600x480May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, which celebrates the culture, traditions, and history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States.

In sports, three major events take place in May: the Kentucky Derby (May 3), the PGA’s The Players Championship (May 8-11), and the French Open (May 26-June 8).

Anna Jarvis who started Mother’s Day filed a “lawsuit in an effort to stop the over- commercialization of Mother's Day.” Clearly, she lost the suit because according to the U.S. Census, Americans on average spend about $671 million on cards, $126 million on gifts and $1.9 million on flowers each year on Mother’s Day. Don’t forget to call your mom on May 11.

Two key PRSA events taking place in the month of May. In New York City from May 15-16, PRSA and PRIME Research host their Strategic Corporate Communications and Research Conference where leading communicators share how to “prove and improve your return on PR investment with strategic research approaches.” Speakers include Gary Sheffer of GE, David Tovar of Walmart, and Andrew Bowins of MasterCard. Then, on May 20-21 in Chicago, PRSA hosts its Connect 14 Conference, which “features power networking with colleagues, as well as targeted programming that responds to the latest internal communications challenges and opportunities.”

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taxes_sdNoteworthy events for the month ahead . . .

The month kicks off with April Fools’ Day. Here is a look-back at the biggest pranks in 2013.

Panama plays host to the World Economic Forum on Latin America on April 1-3. The conference focuses on the region’s efforts in maintaining its economic growth, boosting the diversification of its economies, increase its productivity, fuel competitiveness, enhance trade and invest in human capital.

The Wall Street Journal’s ECO:nomics conference is on April 2-4 in Santa Barbara, CA. As always, the conference convenes experts from a diverse range of industries – oil, gas, alternative energy, clean tech, manufacturing, finance, and consumer businesses – to debunk myths and opportunities. This year’s speakers include chairmen and CEOs of Walmart, Tyson Foods, Statoil, Toyota, Waste Management, and more.

Something to look forward to on April 15 – a total lunar eclipse is visible to those in Australia, the Pacific, and the Americas. Speaking of April 15, don’t forget to file your taxes. Here are “10 Tips for Getting the Biggest Tax Refund.”

About 36,000 runners compete in the 118th Boston Marathon on April 21. Runners will commemorate those killed by the bombing at the 2013 race.

Celebrate Mother Earth on April 22. This year’s theme for Earth Day is Green Cities, which focuses on initiatives that help create sustainable communities. How will you do your part?

Rounding up the month, PRWeek hosts its PR Summit 2014 in London on April 29. A one-day strategic PR event, the focus of this year’s summit will be on the evolution of PR in the global and digital landscape.

Other important, if not quirky, events to take place in the month of April include National Walk to Work Day (April 4), World Pillow Fight Day (April 5), World Health Day (April 7), Passover (April 14), and Easter (April 19). End of Story

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